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During a major home restoration, the antique chandelier hanging in the foyer was damaged . Two of the cut glass globes were broken. The first step is to make the glass blanks . Then comes the cutting of the design . The hard part is matching the profile of each cutting stone .
Replacement crystal globe/ shade before cutting design.
Rough cut design in glass using antique glass lath with smoothing stone.
Cutting the scallop top
Replacement cut glass globe on the left and the original antique cut glass globe on the right.
The broken globe was sent from Arizona . The contractor broke three globes on the job site while restoring and old court house. I knew I could make the new globes but matching the design on the globe was going to be the challenge.
The crystal bobeche was broken during a move. Dad tried to find all the piece but an up short. Gluing the remains showed a large piece was missing. I decided that I would make a replacement bobeche. Filling the hole left by the missing pieces was an option but not a good one
Some times when doing a chandelier restoration you can’t find the replacement parts.
The first step to making a replacement bobeche is making the blank.
Stone cut design.
With the replacement bobeche complete the chandelier will hang in splendor again.
The bobeche for the antique crystal chandelier was broken and discarded. The search was on for the replacement part. None was found. I made the glass blank . Then I cut , polished and drilled the holes for the pins. Sent to me from our neighbors to the north Ontario Canada.
This is the crystal blank and I used a diamond saw to cut off the extra.
I polished the rim and drilled the holes for the prisms.
Here is the custom made replacement bobeche for a crystal chandelier .
This piece was sent to me and it is from a small table lamp. I am going to make a replacement part rather than repair it.
I was send a broken crystal bobeche from an antique chandelier. The antique glass bobeche was broken in many pieces and a couple of large pieces were missing. I cut off the part that was not broken . I used a crystal bowl with the same design as the original bobeche to recreate the broken and missing portion. I needed to drill a large hole in the center and many small holes around the rim
I cut off the good part of the old bobeche and ground the bottom of the new bowl flat.
I drill the holes for the prism pins.
Right out of the basement, the antique candelabra was in total disrepair. It was removed from the dinning room and placed in the basement . The bronze frame work was broken in several places. The antique wiring was fared and need to be replaced. The globes were dirty and badly chipped.
It had a broken center column.
This antique crystal bobeche is from a late 1700’s early 1800’s candelabra that was electrified. I needed to make two replacement bobeches . The first step is to make the glass blanks.
Rough cutting the shape is next.
Using smoothing stones the glass is given a 400 to 600 grit finish and ready for polishing.
The replacement crystal bobeches are marked for drilling the holes.
I also made replacement arms for this chandelier shown in the picture. I will post picture showing the process I use to duplicate the solid crystal arms.
Repairing broken crystal parts for chandeliers is cost effective . This antique crystal part from a chandelier was broken and a replacement was not available . I made a new top piece to replace the broken part and used the bottom part that was still good.
Cut off damaged part and make new replacement piece.
As the year winds down, we’re very busy in the shop with many different repair projects. One of the many types of repair services that we perform is chandelier restoration. There are many different types of chandelier repairs that we do and Marc wanted to tell you about a few that we have going on right now. As you can imagine with each repair project, there’s a story. Marc tells the story of how this chandelier was broken. It was sent to us from Louisiana.
We perform all kinds of chandelier restoration for customers all over the globe. You can ship us your piece and we’ll repair it and ship it back to you. Please fill out the form at right or call us for more information.